In today’s Nation Pavin Chachavalpongpun accuses Sukhumbhand Paribatra, governor of Bangkok, of undermining Yingluck Shinawatra’s administration in his focusing on Bangkok flood relief at the expense of outlying areas.  That Paribatra is a pedigreed aristocrat doesn’t deter Chachavalpongpun’s strident criticism:

“…as Sukhumbhand continues to clash with the government, this attests to the fact that the elitist class possesses its own mind and the right to define the notion of interest – be it its own interest or that of the nation. This explains why Sukhumbhand has chosen not to listen to the government’s instructions.”

Chachavalpongpun, along with Thitinan Pongsudhirak and Thongchai Winichakul are among the most interesting voices in Thailand’s body politic.  I look forward to hearing more from them as Thailand struggles to develop a more democratic system of governance.